The former Reds captain believes the Anfield club should treasure their young midfielder before he is lured away with a move to La Liga after interest from the Spanish giants
Steven Gerrard fears Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho will follow in the footsteps of Luis Suarez by moving to Barcelona or Real Madrid within a few seasons.
Coutinho has excelled since joining from Inter Milan in an £8.5million deal two years ago, earning accolade last season as Liverpool’s Player of the Year and inclusion in the PFA Team of the Year.
Yet former Reds captain Gerrard believes the 23-year-old’s progress will eventually alert La Liga’s top teams to his services, as he saw with the move of Suarez to Barcelona in July 2014.
“Philippe is wonderfully gifted and I expect him to become Liverpool’s leading player,” he wrote in his new autobiography, My Story , which is being serialised in The Daily Mail .
“Many Liverpool fans already regard him as our main man.
“He has just signed a new deal and he and his wife – who are a lovely couple – seem settled here.
“But I also know that the Spanish giants, Barcelona and Real Madrid, will come looking for Philippe in a few more seasons, just like they did with Luis.
“And that’s when it will get tricky for Liverpool because the lure to go to one of those two clubs is so strong for any South American or Spanish player.
“Until that happens, Liverpool should really treasure Philippe.”